Saturday, January 25 2020      10:51 PM     

2018 Summary
Another incredibly successful year out at the S.C.W.F. Pheasant Pen. After some discussion the volunteers decided to keep as many hens as possible through the winter and release them in Spring as mature birds. As soon as the hens started to lay eggs in the pen this Spring we released over 350 of them with roosters. The results seemed to be very positive. Many landowners report seeing clutches of chicks through the haying season and throughout the summer. We have decided to continue this practise. We are able to do this because of great volunteers that are willing to feed and maintain birds throughout the winter months.
Around 1500-day old chicks were purchased in early June this year and raised until we start to release in late summer and throughout the fall months. We have been able to maintain under a 10% mortality. Hundreds of roosters were released throughout the area. All of the local Wildlife Lands were stocked with roosters 2 3 times depending on the habitat.
Hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours go into maintaining this operation. Thank you to each and every one of them! Also thank you to the sponsors who continue to support and appreciate this unique project.
Pheasant Pen History
The Pheasant Project got its own home after many years of raising birds at various locations in the southwest. Thanks to the Jerry Smith family a plot of land was donated to SCWF to build a permanent facility to raise birds for release into the wild. This all started back in the spring of 1999 with the building of a new barn and flight pens.
Over the last nine years various upgrading has been done to the facility. The barn has doubled its size to almost 2000 square feet. The flight pen has tripled in size from 10,000 ft to 30,000 ft.

This gives us the room we need to raise 1500 birds. We get our day- old chicks around the 20th of May each year. The flight pen is set up to resemble the natural habitat in southwest Saskatchewan. At ten weeks of age we start to release the birds into the wild. Over the summer months we sell some birds to help subsidize the operation of the pheasant pen. Anyone interested in purchasing birds for release on their land can contact Ron Button to make arrangements.

This is a growing project so come out and have a look around. We are located 10km south of Swift Current on Lac Pelletier Trail.


Ron Button

Pheasant Release
Rudy Giesbrecht was able to help his dad, Nick release pheasants in the Swift Current area. Pretty neat!!
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